The Changzheng-2F rocket with the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft heading to Tiangong-1 in 2013.
Air resistance makes it near impossible to predict the path of a crashing satellite.
There are loads of applications for 3D printers in space.
Using terrestrial forensic science to point the finger of blame to criminals in space will be much harder than it looks.
The idea that there’s a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration.
Technology had enabled humans to explore the deep sea, the Earth's poles, and outer space. But we shouldn't forget historical lessons about frontiers in the process of traversing them.
The SPARTAN re-usable space launch technology.
Whatever happens next in new space race will happen quickly. The opportunity is there for Australia to be involved, but it won’t be there for long.
Mars mission with plasma rockets concept.
Getting to Mars with current rocket technology will use massive amounts of fuel to move very small cargoes. There is a more fuel-efficient way.
There's more to sleeping in space than just nodding off.
The plan to use lasers to send mini-spaceships to the stars.
It's an ambitious plan to send a micro-spaceship to our stellar neighbour but is this possible with today's technology or even technology in the near future?
Are we soon to visit Alpha Centauri (left)?
Building a tiny starship may be doable. The big challenge will be making sure it survives all the hazards in interstellar space.
New Horizons continues to help unravel the icy dwarf planet’s secrets.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
After last summer's Pluto flyby, the New Horizons spacecraft started sending data back to Earth – at 2 kilobits per second. Here's some of what scientists have learned so far from that rich, slow cache.
The only way to fly the friendly skies – or dark voids of space.
We're on the cusp of being able to consistently launch and land rockets, greatly reducing the cost of space travel. But how long before there's a Millennium Falcon in every garage?
Spaceplanes seem like a great idea – perhaps one that has come too late.
Goddard Space Flight Centre
Nimble and cheap commercial science could be the way to get more eyes in the sky.
Everything in space is so far away, but probes bring us closer.
The future of space travel?
A prototype solar sailing satellite has just successfully been deployed in orbit, pointing the way to the future of space travel.
The relatively light spacecraft that is now spinning out of control.
Roscosmos Press Service/EPA
Russian space vessel Progress M-27M is falling towards Earth but what risk does it pose?
Come in MESSENGER, your time is up.
NASA/JHU APL/Carnegie Institution of Washington
After ten years in space NASA probe will get up close and personal with Mercury a final time.
I’ve seen the future, and the future’s blue.
It's no TIE fighter, but the Dawn probe is driven by the future of spacecraft propulsion: ion engines.
We have lift-off.
After a 24-hour delay due to bad weather, the first test launch of the Orion spacecraft by NASA is underway with the ultimate goal of putting human beings on Mars. Weeks after the landing on a comet by…
“Hi there, do you comet here often?”
For decades, space exploration remained a domain within reach of only government agencies, who could command huge pools of expertise and public funds. Now the means by which our space endeavours are funded…